Letter in Dorset Echo
"With regard to WDDC’s planned offices move, I was brought up to believe that, if a team left a field of play, they forfeited the match. Cllr Gould does not seem to agree.
The fact that he is not prepared to appear in public to discuss the new office plan must mean one of two things. Either he is unconfident at his, and/or his Council colleagues’, ability to be able to represent the case adequately in public for the office move. Or he is unconfident that the facts and figures themselves are coherent and will stand up to interactive public scrutiny.
Ask any ten people anywhere in West Dorset what they think about the Council’s planned office move and if you get more than one of them even having heard of it you are doing well. The council is trying to slide this one through without proper, fullsome, public debate.
I myself know too much of autocratic Council behaviour, having actually been banned from contacting the Listed Buildings officer over the (20-years-shut) grade II-listed Three Cups Hotel building in Lyme Regis, which WDDC now admits “is falling to pieces”. Messrs Gould, Clarke and Evans all refuse to attend a public meeting in Lyme Regis to answer questions from residents there.
Is this refusal to attend the offices meeting ‘Leadership’ from the ‘Leader’ of the Council? Or is it fear of consulting properly with his electorate?